Charwei Tsai was born in 1980 in Taipei, Taiwan where she currently lives and works. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in Industrial Design and Art & Architectural History (2002) and has completed the postgraduate research program La Seine at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris (2010).
Highly personal yet universal concerns spur Tsai’s multi-media practice. Geographical, social, and spiritual motifs inform a body of work, which encourages viewer participation outside the confines of complacent contemplation. Preoccupied with the human/nature relationship, Tsai meditates on the complexities among cultural beliefs, spirituality, and transience.
She has had solo exhibitions in Bogota, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Lyon, Manchester, Mexico City, Mumbai, Paris, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, and Tokyo. Her work has been exhibited at Asia-Pacific Triennial, Jogja Biennale, Ruhrtriennale, Singapore Biennale, Biennale of Sydney, Sharjah Biennale, Yokohama Triennale and at museums including Centre Pompidou in Paris and in Metz; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Southbank Centre, London; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe; Asian Art Museum of San Francisco; Rubin Museum, New York; Taipei Fine Arts Museum; Singapore Art Museum; Shanghai MoCA and Today Art Museum, Beijing amongst others.
Tsai’s works are in public and private collections including those held at Tate Modern, London; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Yokohama Museum of Art; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; M+ Collection; Hong Kong, Faurschou Fondation, Copenhagen / Beijing; Sigg Collection, Zurich; Gene & Brian Sherman Collection, Sydney; Kadist Foundation, San Francisco / France; Contemporary Art Institute, Villeurbanne / Rhône-Alpes, France, and FRAC Lorraine, France.
Tsai also publishes a curatorial journal Lovely Daze twice a year since 2005. The complete sets of Lovely Daze are in the library collections of Tate Modern, London, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Pompidou Center, Paris, and MACBA, Barcelona.